The history of man bears witness to his great struggle for discovering the right formula to conduct affairs in the various aspects of his life. Time and again, man devised ideas of religious, political, and cultural natures that have continually brought solace from the ignominy of senseless conflicts that afflicted his mode of existence, and thereby he grew spiritually through the experiences and trials. The wisdom of the ancients is not actually based on absolute principles, rather on the relative conditions proportional to the problems at hand. The nature of wisdom has never been to bind humans to a fixed legal structure by restricting their movements at every level of growth, but to enshrine them about the common connections between different parts inside the existing whole. Therefore, the laws serve best when they carry the wisdom of preventing the disasters than dealing with them afterwards, and the wisdom serves best when it abides by the principles of redemption and growth. True wisdom forms the very essence of all the magical ideas that have transformed man’s primeval existence into a responsible creature capable of serving the divine plan. The path of this growth had never been easy because the ideas of wisdom always required sacrifices of ego and vanity in order to counter the challenges posed by his mind to accept the necessary changes. Eventually, wisdom represents the agency responsible for the unfoldment of human potential to embody the divine archetype.
The functions of wisdom were incorporated into the mystery teachings of ancient Egyptians in the form of hermeticism. That is why the hermetic ideas outline the tenets of all the major philosophies in the world that include objectivity and resolution in the exercise of their traditions. Here, I have attempted to explain the manner in which symbolism of hermetic precepts are used to define the notions of highest aspirations in man’s ethical behaviour by the Islamic traditions.
The Function of Mysteries in Wisdom
Man in his consciousness carries the weight of eternity that ever haunts him in the form of ‘conscience’. Thus, conscience is the territory where all the angelic and demonic entities of human experiences reside, and their influence effects the character of an individual. The sages of many cultures throughout history had acquired a connection to communicate with this deep and dark region of human consciousness in the form of mystery teachings. Just like a child that learns the language of his environment as his capacities of perception increases with the growth of his mental faculties in the due course of time, the unraveling of mysteries to consciousness is similarly a natural process if not inhibited by external disturbances. These external disturbances may include the conflicts of perception such as the use of many languages in the immediate environment of the child. For instance, if the father speaks Italian and the mother speaks French whilst the grandparents are English, then the perception of that child would surely be challenged leading to reticent and confusing behaviours. Therefore, the mystery teachings of the ancient sages tend to communicate to these bewildered and perplexed children of mankind, the wise precepts of conscience so as to help them become aware of themselves and thereby realize their great potentials.
The Hermetic Depiction of Quranic Mysteries
The Quran is considered as the book of divine guidance by Muslims whose main subject constitutes ‘man’. From a hermetic standpoint, the Quranic mysteries carry a great deal of connection to the arts of astrology and kabala. The mystery letters of Quran form the fundamental touchstone in the demonstration of the esoteric teachings of Quran as I had mentioned in my articles on Huroof-al-Muqattaat. The astrological theme for indicating the Quranic doctrine on various matters is also strongly symbolized in the Quran. For instance, the chapter 52 of Quran symbolizes the zodiac in this manner.
By the Mount, (1)
And a Scripture inscribed, (2)
On fine parchment unrolled, (3)
And the House frequented, (4)
And the roof exalted, (5)
And the sea kept filled, (6)
All of the above mentioned verses of Quran describe the zodiac in a symbolic way. The Mount represents the arch shaped vault of the sky between the two horizons, and the inscribed Scripture on the fine unrolled parchment portrays the zodiac signs of the ecliptic as they are constantly visited by the seven planets; and also the zodiac is exalted in the roof which looks like blue water of the sea. The signs of the zodiac with their essential archetypal characteristics constitute the subject of discussion in the Quranic chapters that begin with the mystery letters called “Huroof-al-Muqattaat”. This method helps to converge the archetypal properties of zodiac to deal with the problems of every kind according to their prospective scope, and thereby making the applied solutions both relative as well as universal. The consequence of such a wisdom is transformation of man into a higher and healthier consciousness that is not afflicted by any suffering on account of the evolutionary processes of existence. If the transformation causes the scars of pain in the human soul during the achievement of its objectives then the most insidious aspects of lust and power become imprinted in that mind, causing it to loose the divine spirit and beauty of its consciousness. Therefore, this method for the transformation of man into a divine being also depicts the hermetic doctrine which says, “As above, so below; and as below, so above”.
The mystery letters of Quran appear in the following given sequence. They metaphorically represent the twelve signs of the zodiac as explained in this website’s article on “The Mystery Letters of Quran (Huroof-al-Muqattaat)”, where I had treated them individually to demonstrate the reasons and modalities of their connections with the zodiac signs. I had not explained the function of these mystery letters in that article as a group when they appear in the prefix of a Quranic chapter, which I intend to accomplish in the current series of articles on “The Hermetic Wisdom of Quran”.
The mystery letters of Quran in order of their occurrence in the Quranic chapters.
Alif, Lam, Mim @ Chapters 2, 3, 29, 30, 31, 32.
Alif, Lam, Mim, Sad @ Chapter 7.
Alif, Lam, Ra @ Chapters 10, 11, 12, 14, 15.
Alif, Lam, Mim, Ra @ Chapter. 13.
Kaf, Ha, Ya, Ain, Sad @ Chapter 19.
Ta, Ha @ Chapter 20.
Ta, Sin, Mim @ Chapters 26, 28.
Ta, Sin @ Chapter 27.
Ya, Sin @ Chapter 36.
Sad @ Chapter 38.
Ha, Mim @ Chapters 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46.
Ha, Mim, Ain, Sin, Qaf @ Chapter 42.
Qaf @ Chapter 50.
Nun @ Chapter 68.
The mystery letters of Quran according to their individual zodiac signs and astrological properties.
Alif => Aries = Conflict
Lam => Taurus = Wealth
Mim => Gemini = Speech
Sad => Cancer = Authority
Ra => Leo = Community
Kaf => Virgo = Tactic
Ha => Libra = Justice
Ya => Scorpio = Commitment
Ain => Sagittarius = Vision
Ta => Capricorn = Action
Sin => Aquarius = Rebellion
Nun => Pisces = Patience
The mystery letters of Quran according to their combined astrological influence as they appear in the prefixes of chapters as groups.
Alif Lam Mim = The Conflicts about Wealth and Speech
Alif Lam Mim Sad = The Conflicts about Wealth, Speech, and Authority
Alif Lam Ra = The Conflicts about Wealth and Community
Kaf Ha Ya Ain Sad = The Tactics for Justice, Commitment, Vision, and Authority
Ta Ha = The Action for Justice
Ta Sin Mim = The Action of Rebellion and Speech
Ta Sin = The Action of Rebellion
Ya Sin = The Commitment of Rebellion
Sad = The Authority
Ha Mim = The Speech for Justice
Ha Mim Ain Sin Qaf = The Speech for Justice, Vision, Commitment, and Tactics
Qaf = The Tactics
Nun = The Patience
The End Note
This article is meant to serve as an introduction to the hermetic wisdom contained in the Quran. I shall attempt to explain the details in the article series of “The Hermetic Wisdom of Quran”. I should conclude this article by quoting the following verses from Quran.
(Moses) said: My Lord! relieve my mind. And ease my task for me; And loose a knot from my tongue, That they may understand my saying. (20, 25–28)